March 16 (Renewables Now) - Four consortia, some of them including Chinese partners, will compete in Turkey’s tender for a 1-GW solar park in Karapınar on Monday.
Anadolu Agency (AA) said Wednesday, citing information by the energy ministry, that the groups that will bid in the tender include Limak - CMEC - Hareon Solar; Kalyoncu - Hanwha Group; Calık Enerji - Solargiga; and AKC - Günes. The consortium that offers the lowest price for solar electricity will win the tender.
With that competitive process the Turkish government wants to stimulate investments in the domestic supply chain so the winning bidder will also have to install in less than two years a solar panel manufacturing plant of at least 500 MW in Turkey. The photovoltaic (PV) panels produced there will be used in the construction of the huge solar park at the Karapınar (or Karapinar) Renewable Energy Resource Area (YEKA) in the Konya province.
According to figures by Turkey’s energy ministry, the country’s installed solar power generation capacity has jumped to 819.6 MW at the end of 2016 from 249 MW a year before.